Only 4 Days? Let’s Make It 5!

You couldn’t have missed knowing that the Democratic National Convention, also known as the DNC, has started.  And, just who came up with this abbreviation – DNC?  If you want to know what I’m referring to, search google for “DNC OBGYN” and look at the first set of results.  I’m sure it wasn’t Michelle Obama.  The one lady we may all like to know a bit more about as she has a chance to take the coveted “first lady” position. 

And, this is the platform to “get to know her”?  Not even.  Ms. Obama’s performance tonite was nothing but a highly anticipated, well-orchestrated, professionally rehearsed, canned recital that I’m sure she had no part of writing or editing.  A perfect composition of apparel, haircuts, and lapel pins.  Do people actually believe such presentations are real?  That her personality somehow magically arose from the harmony?  At a minimum, I’d feel more comfortable knowing her if I was reading a candid rendition of her Facebook profile, if I had access to it that is.

…Back to the convention.  Wow.  4 days of content.  That’s just unreal.  Beating out the Super Bowl by a full touchdown in terms of pre-game follies.  We’ve been talking about the National Convention (I just can’t use that DNC terminology any longer) for what seems like a year.  Oh yea, it has been a year.  Actually longer than a year.  And, for what, to do a spin around the audience of state delegates who declare that they give their perverbial nomination to Obama or Clinton or Edwards (god help us), when everyone in the entire world already knows that Obama wins.  This seems like the sickest of exaggerated rituals.

Yes, sick.  How much energy, time is wasted on this?  It hurts my head to calculate the environmental impact of utilizing 100 different hotels, airline flights to CO from all over the country.  The piles of bottled water?  I am aware that Convention organizers have gone miles beyond any previous event in terms of “greening”, but does it really require live delegates — how do you think they got there?   If environmental impact is an issue, what about using a Virtual (online) Trade Show platform?  Wouldn’t that be novel.

And, why not make it a Pay-per-View event, to those who want it.  Somewhere Vince McMahon must be having a beer and thinking, “hmmm, it’s so well acted, just like my WWF was.  I wonder if I could buy it”.  Yes, maybe the SuperBowl should be a Pay-per-View event as well.  Then, you’d really know who cares.

I’m not underestimating the impact to the US and world economic, social, and political landscape affects of a new President.  None the least.   That’s huge and we all care.  But, frankly, that tally doesn’t get counted until November.  And, until then, this seems like an awfully long event, syphoning funds and energy that could be used in far better ways.   Thursday is Mr. Obama’s time in the sun, well, evening, in an outdoor stadium of 70,000+, which should be a horrid reminder of how far we’ve come, or perhaps, missed the mark.